Campus investments

Student accommodation

The new student accommodation, The Quads, provides an additional 708 en-suite bedrooms to the existing accommodation on campus, divided into 75 flats across two buildings. Each of the five blocks of flats is named after a species of tree: Acer, Bay, Chestnut, Damson and Ebony.

The plans were developed in consultation with students and staff with a prototype bedroom built on campus:

  • the bedrooms provide a welcoming environment, space to study, en-suite facilities and infrastructure for the latest technology
  • each flat has a modern kitchen and dining area with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the courtyards to the north and south
  • pairs of flats share a communal lounge to encourage social interaction across different flats
  • the lounges are equipped with wall-mounted TVs and moveable seating to enable students to use this space as they see fit.

Project details

  • planning consent granted February 2013
  • opened summer 2014
  • value: £43m.

The Lime Tree refectory

The complex is also home to a new refectory, The Lime Tree, capable of seating up to 350 people and open to the whole University. The flexible space offers a café, bar, pizza and pasta eatery and fresh food delicatessen.

A light brick, copper and glass façade encloses the proposed refectory space, whilst an overhang roof provides shade and shelter for gathering spaces outside.

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